Wednesday, February 18, 2009

News and Resources

First the News:

*Sad to say, Lois Ericson has decided to retire. She sent out a note that included the following:
"We are currently offering a close-out special for all our subscribers and friends for the next two weeks. All patterns and books will be $3.00 each, plus postage on all sales. E-mail Kris at ( for any questions. For direct orders use our website as well as to see available products. The sale starts Feb.16th, the final date will be March 6th. Don't miss out on this great sale."

Go to: where you can also view the gallery to see how the patterns look made up and on a real body. I've put in my order, wanted to fill in the gaps in my collection of Lois' patterns. My favorite part is the creative hints on the instruction sheets.

*Fashion designer, professor of haute couture at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and author, Kenneth D. King, will demonstrate and teach his couture techniques from his book, Cool Couture.
Kenneth D. King presents "Cool Tricks" at Bates Technical College,
1101 South Yakima Ave. Tacoma, WA 98405 on Saturday, April 25, 2009,
9 am—4 pm, $85.
Register by April 1, 2009 -call 253-680-7500 or

Now to the Resources:

Teena Hughes, in Australia, has compiled a resource list for surface design, fiber arts, wearable art--you name it. I still haven't been through all of it. The very helpful list (of links) is in the first url. The second two show her painted silks and wearable art which both inspire and cheer me up with their bright colors.

Lu Peters has also spent major time compiling a list of resources for fiberart, quilting, and wearable art. You'll find booklists and events. Look too for photos of Lu's wearable art. I keep them around as inspiration. Even though some events are old, I find it useful to have names and links so you can search on Google and see what's happening now. Go to:

Joy-Lily taught me how to do Arashi shibori. That was a memorable class and one that has served me well. Joy-Lily also keeps up a resource list called the FMC fiber art news. She has put up a website but every couple of months she also sends out an email reminding us of upcoming events. I list her here because even though she's focused on the San Francisco area, she does list "requests for entries" and shows around the country. Contact her and get on the list to hear about some of what's happening.


Abfab Art Studio said...

Hi Rosalie,

I just got a Google Alert that my name had been posted on a blog - thanks so much for the lovely words!

I did notice that none of the weblinks are clickable though - just in case you're not sure how to do that, when you write your post, you need to highlight the name of the link, copy it, then click the little icon in the menu which looks like a chain - paste the link into that and click OK for the link to be 'live'. Hope this helps!

Thanks again Rosalie!

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Teena in Australia!
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Rosalie Cooke said...

Thank you for the advice Teena. That's exactly the info I was looking for. Actually, they've added a new slot called links which I was thinking I should try--so I'll do both and see if I can make all my links clickable. The learning curve isn't over yet for me! Next step, I need to find out how to get a Google alert on my name. And also, I haven't been successful in adding a counter. If I don't figure it out, I'll ask you via email. Thank you again for the help! cheers, Rosalie